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This page refers to characters making their debut in the Original Generation series (though there are exceptions). For characters who made their debut in other Super Robot Wars installments, see their respective pages.
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Steel Dragon Battle Group
The "Steel Dragon Battle Group" (Kouryu Sentai; officially named in the Second Original Generation) are the collective protagonists of Super Robot Wars Original Generation. Although there are multiple characters from many different games appearing in this group, those listed here are the ones who debut exclusively in Original Generation continuity.Tropes common to the Steel Dragon Battle Group are:
The Dreaded: According to Selena Recital, she'd prefer not to engage the group in LaGias during the events of Dark Prison, given their extensive campaign success and combat record.
Meaningful Name: "Kouryu" is derived from the callsigns of the Hagane ("Steel 2") and Hiryu Custom ("Dragon 3") battleships. "Steel" and "dragon" in Japanese are koutetsu and ryu, respectively, hence kouryu.
Properly Paranoid: In the Second Original Generation, the crew of the Hagane becomes this while Ing Egret is staying with them. They had him thoroughly analyzed as to whether he was brainwashed or a spy, but nothing came of it. Justified as he was found in the middle of a wreckage in the Pacific Ocean.
Ace Pilot: A former member of the "Aggressors" (including him, Sanger, Kai Kitamura and Gilliam Yeager), a group that had the first use of a Humongous Mecha in-universe. To date, Elzam is still one of the best pilots in the world.
Exclusively in The Inspectors, the Animated Adaptation of Original Generation 2, Ratsel uses the "GuarBein" MK III (basically a Huckebein MK III outfitted with parts from his old Guarlion Custom) before receiving the Aussenseiter.
A Father to His Men: He even cooks for them. As a result, the crew of the Kurogane is fiercely loyal to him.
Aloof Big Brother: As Elzam, he's very good at concealing his emotions, which causes his brother to misunderstand him. His Ratsel persona drops this trope, to the point of being goofy.
It's possible he adopted the "Ratsel" personality as a means to move away from this trope.
Art Evolution: Evident in the Cool Shades he wears for his Ratsel persona - while they were oblong in the games, they become hexagonal in The Inspectors.
Badass Cape: Aussenseiter has one; in the "Sturm Angriff" attack for Original Generations, the cape is thrown at an enemy to conceal its vision before being blasted to shreds. During the Earth Cradle event in The Inspectors, the cape is used as an Attack Reflector.
Bash Brothers: It's a good idea to be part of the good guys' side just to avoid being on the opposite side to him and Sanger. You're not likely to survive that.
BGM Override/ Musicalis Interruptus: His trademark; in fact, the Second Original Generation makes it clear you cannot change his default BGM to anything else. However, the game downplays this as Ratsel is unable to override certain Leitmotifs such as "Despair", "Twin Icon" and "Ultra One", as well as the orchestrated version of "Destinies" and the vocal versions of "Victory", "Skill" and "Wings of Legend".
Amusingly, the first music track Ratsel was unable to override was because an enemy from the anime Go Shogun was playing The Blue Danube with gigantic external speakers mounted on the ship. Think about that for a moment.
Big Damn Heroes: His debut as Ratsel is basically doing this to the Project Terrestial Dream crew in OG 2, and in Alpha 2 doing it for whomever is your protagonist in stage 31.
Canon Immigrant: From Original Generation to Alpha. Interestingly, he exists (sort of) before Original Generation, appearing in supplemental materials to Super Hero Sakusen ("Super Hero Operations"). While not directly named, Raidiese recognizes the emblem on a passing-by black mecha as the Branstein family crest. The Aussenseiter also does not appear in Alpha 2 either, making it another example of transitioning from the OG games to Alpha games.
Captain Ersatz: The Kurogane to the Gotengo; naturally, the character himself was created to fill one of the obvious casting holes in the first game (see below).
I Call It "Vera": Any machine he uses are called "Trombe", including the Kurogane, which was the name of his favorite horse.
Kill the Ones You Love, Shoot the Dog: When his wife Cattleya Fujiwara-Branstein was held hostage in a hangar bay on Elpis being pumped with poison gas, the terrorist Archibald Grims threatened to gas the rest of Elpis. Elzam was urged by Cattleya to destroy the hangar bay to prevent the gas from seeping into the rest of the colony. He complied.
Leitmotif: Most characters have this, but "Trombe!" has reached memetic status due to a bug that caused it to override boss themes.
Lightning Bruiser: Elzam carries the defensive stats of a super robot pilot, evasion stat of a real robot pilot and a well-balanced offensive stat tailored to ranged attacks. Coupled with the "Genius" pilot skillnote +20 to accuracy and evasion stats and critical hit rate automatically, and his Huckebein MK II "Trombe", Elzam becomes one of the best real robot pilots in the first game. Further augmented in the sequel when he receives the Aussenseiter, which comes with high attack power and armor, alongside mobility that most supers don't usually have and his "Ace Bonus"note When Ratsel achieves 50 kills or more, +10% to ranged stat.
Paper-Thin Disguise: No one knows why he insists on doing this, though the going theory is it's his way of turning over a new leaf. Everybody goes along with it since it's easier to play dumb than it is to explain why a former (and infamous) Divine Crusaders general is working with them.
Starting A New Life: It's actually seems like he's not trying to hide who he is, rather he's trying to project a new image for himself. As mentioned earlier, Elzam had a reputation for being aloof and hard to read, but as "Ratsel" he's much more approachable.
Banpresto seems to be getting a little tired of the glitch as well. "Free Battle Mode" in Original Generation Gaiden allows the player to force BGMs on battles, meaning the player has the power to (finally) override "Trombe".
Latooni Subota is one of the "Boosted Children" of the "The School", a Federation-funded academy that trained children to become mecha pilots. Unfortunately, as the technology was still in its infancy, many were physically and mentally conditioned to handle the stress of piloting. It was so harsh that by the time advances rendered the program obsolete, only three students survived: Latooni was not one of them. During a routine training regiment, she was lost in a crash and was deemed "killed-in-action" by The School. However, Latooni was found by two Federation fighter pilots, Giado Venerdi and Garnet Sandi, who took her to a hospital and, unable to find any identification other than the designation "Latooni 11", effectively raised her as their daughter and gave her a surname ("Subota" is Russian for "saturday", which falls between "venerdi" (friday) and "sandi" (sunday)). Despite being a child, she's allowed to become a fighter pilot, even placed in the same squad as Giado and Garnet. The rather shy and withdrawn girl responds only to them, but her skills as a pilot more than makes up for it.When assigned to the Hagane battleship, Latooni meets the SRX Team, particularly Ryusei. Being around the Ascended Fanboy notably opens up her personality and loosens her reservations, including a wardrobe change, courtesy of Garnet. Sporting a really cute, frilly dress, she's complemented by many of the crew, opening up Character Development. After the Divine Crusaders War, Divine Crusader Remnants attempt to seize the Dukedom of Riskent. Assigned to protect the nation's headstrong (and clairvoyent) Princess Shine Hausen, Latooni is given bodyguard duty. Unfortunately, the princess is kidnapped by a Federation traitor, and taken to Adler Koch, a Mad Scientist who just happens to be a former head instructor at The School. With the help of her allies, Latooni saves her new friend, and permanently rids the world of a big source of her early misery. Following the L5 Campaign, Latooni vows to find the rest of the Boosted Children.In the sequel, Latooni is working alongside Raidiese and Kai as part of the reformed Aggressors. While testing the new Wild Falken, they are attacked by Divine Crusader Remnants and they steal the machine. To her horror, Latooni discovers Arado Balanga and Seolla Schweizer, her former Schoolmates and close friends, are aligned with the Remnants, including their mutual Cool Big Sis Ouka Nagisa. Worse, they are under the influence of Agilla Setme, another ex-School instructor with a penchantfor brainwashing.By Original Generation Gaiden, she still continues to serve on the Aggressors, now accompanied by Arado, Seolla and ex-Shadow-Mirror operative Lamia Loveless.During the onset of the Sealing War in the Second Original Generation, Latooni finds out there are more Boosted Children survivors. However, Chienne, Chien and Chiot are not as willing to reform like Arado and Seolla and turn from their new Gaia Sabers employer. Although she pities their delusions of being the greatest there is, Latooni is forced to kill them. At the end of the game, Princess Shine offers her a small job of being an Idol Singer for ceremonial purposes in Riksent.Latooni originally used a generic fighter jet, but is quickly switched out to a spare Gespenst aboard the Hagane as soon as it's available. In Original Generations, she ends up in Ryusei's hand-me-down Wildraubtiernote This is to reflect what wasn't mandated by plot in the original release of the first game, but what virtually everyone did by the endgame. When Riksent is attacked by the Neo Divine Crusaders in Original Generation 2, Princess Shine unveils the Fairlions, a pair of ceremonial mecha she personally commissioned, giving Latooni the Fairlion-S(ilver) to use as her personal unit. By the Second Original Generation, the old Wildraubtier is retooled into the new Wildraubtier "Schnabel", and she can usethe Schnabel and the Fairlion-S interchangeably. She and her machines follow these tropes:
Badass AdorableGothic Lolita: The "gothic" part's been retconned due to Original Generations. To date, Latooni's only worn the outfit when piloting twice. She still wears it off-duty, though.
The Second Original Generation takes this to new heights: when executing its Combination Attack, the Fairlion-S will switch out her uniform for the outfit, then switch back afterwards. It seems a sense of fashion is a crucial part of the attack.
Beautiful All Along: To the point that her adoptive parents briefly have trouble recognizing her.
Bi the Way: Possibly; while she generally seems very committed to Ryusei and doesn't really have eyes for any other guys, there's a fair bit of suggestive content with Shine Hausen (see her entry). That said, the tone is very different from her flat-out, text-text affection for Ryusei and is mostly limited to subtext, thus it's hard to say definitely.
Though the Second Original Generation brings this back a bit, if only because the Wildrauptier Schnabel's strongest attack literally looks like it's lifted frame-for-frame from one of Maximillian's maneuvers in Super Dimension Fortress Macross, straight down to flipping between fighter plane and humanoid mode to stay on her target.
Somewhat less obvious are parallels to Kamille Bidan: both characters despise conflict and desire some semblance of a life of peace, are mechanical designers in their spare time and close to women who are forced into a machine that drives them mad. The Wildraubtier itself is a Zeta Gundam with the Serial Numbers Filed Off. The primary difference between them are their personalities - while Kamille is open about his distate for war, Latooni isn't quite "screaming mad" about it.
Fragile Speedster: The Fairlion is extremely fragile, as in "generic fighter jet"-fragile. However, this is offset by the machine armed with a "Missile Jammer"note Gain a 50% chance of evading missile-based attacks, a "Beam Coat" barriernote Reduce beam-based attacks by 1200 points of damage and can activate "Mirror Image"note At 130 Will, the unit gains a 50% chance of evading any attack, which is calculated after it's already rolled to dodge.. Its "Full Upgrade Bonus" is a 20% increase to mobility, and in Latooni's hands (coupled with her having the "Genius" pilot skill), most enemies wouldn't be able to hit the machine.
Got Me Doing It: Due to Ryusei's Otakuness, putting her into other mecha will result in her Calling Your Attacks. As the plot has progressed, it's leaked into her attacks in her default mecha. She does it fairly often in the Schnabel.
Hero-Worshipper: Of Ryusei, but in her case, it's more of a flat-out crush.
Iconic Sequel Character/Series Mascot: She's far from the first original ever made, and originally just an "extra" character to fill in a gap left by the lack of licensed characters. Latooni's contribution to her debut game amounts to a single scene in one route the player isn't required to follow, with no unique unit or dedicated Leitmotif. Nearly a decade later, she has two Ace Customs to her name, two Leitmotifs, one of the most famous attacks in franchise history, and arguably the poster child for the entire Original Generation concept. Although not as franchise-defining as Masaki Andoh, Ryusei, Kusuha or Sanger, she's just as instantly recognizable to SRW fans.
Leitmotif: Notably has two - her personal theme, "Brass Sincerity", and "Fairy Dang-Sing" (localized as "Fairy Dancing") when using the Fairlion.
Shout-Out: The Fairlions, Royal Heart Breaker, "W-INK System" and "Fairy Dancing" theme are tributes to the Wink Japanese idol duo. To further the shout, the Second Orginal Generation animation for the Royal Heart Breaker transforms her into a Magic Idol Singer.
Spell My Name with an "S": Perhaps the worst offender of all originals. Her name's always given in cyrillic when spelled out in official sources (which does confirm her Russian heritage, at least). The given name is "латунь суббота", which causes another problem since it's MISSING A SYLLABLE (specifically the "i") and is therefore inconsistent with the katakana given. As a result, a number of players have taken to calling her "Latune" (an actual Russian word, as noted below), but many still call her "Latooni" out of inertia and the better katakana match.
The last active alumnus of the elite Aggressors, Kai is the one who serves consistently with the Earth Federation Army, while his former teammates went about their ways and assist in another capacity. A married man with a daughter, he's commonly known as a "Demon Instructor" for his nasty, but effective methods of training. He's also good friends with Albero Est. Currently, he's training the new generation of Aggressors, starting with Latooni and Raidiese, but after Original Generation 2, lets Rai go back to work with the SRX Team, while he drafts Lamia, Arado and Seolla.In contrast to other veterans, Kai prefers to use the good ol' fashioned mass-produced Gespensts, but is soexperienced and skilled he can make it perform on par with an Ace Custom. As of the Second Original Generation, Kai uses the new mass-produced Gespenst MK II Custom that can change between 3 different frames (by default, he uses the "Type-N"). He and the Type-N embodies these tropes:
Ace Pilot: Aside from being one of the top pilots in the military, he's one of the Aggressors (who invented mecha combat), to wit Kai does all of it in a lowly Gespenst.
Ascended Extra: Back in Original Generation, Kai was just a regular military Face, of which either Ryusei or Kyosuke Nanbu ran into occasionally. Like Latooni, Kai is on the roster to fill in an absence of characters who would later appear. Come Original Generation 2, he's effectively the field commander of the entire team, the only active Aggressor in combat (Gilliam is an intelligence officer usually away on his own, while Sanger and Elzam are still technically traitors) and one of the first consistently-appearing characters in the party for this game and Original Generation Gaiden.
A Father to His Men: By Original Generation Gaiden, Kai is the one of the highest-ranking officers among the cast. As such, he takes the welfare of his soldiers VERY seriously. This attitude earns him the admiration and respect of those under his command, since they appreciate having such a hardened, professional veteran (not to mention a good man) watching out for them.
Badass Creed: Develops one in the Second Original Generation - one of his combat dialogue when using the Gespenst is "Soku. Ryu. Geki", which translates into "Speed. Flow. Strike." If paraphrased into modern western military parlance, it roughly means "Hit fast. Hit often. Hit hard."
Colonel Badass: Major, actually, but still fits as he's the highest ranked officer in the Battle Group's mobile forces.
Cool Old Guy: But not exactly old; he's still in his thirties. Just make sure he doesn't catch you saying he's old.
Establishing Character Moment: It happens somewhat late in OG 1, but Kai demolishing a number of Lions while cut off from everyone else and submerged in water (and thus lowering the performance of his Gespenst). Also a Show, Don't Tell moment, since it's carried out in gameplay proper.
Elite Mook: This is essentially Kai's characterization, a powerful grunt with a Palette Swap who's really, really good at kicking ass with the tools he's got, and has graduated to main character status as a result of his badassery.
Mecha Expansion Pack: The Gespenst MK II M Custom in the Second Original Generation can interchange between equipment types. Katina Tarask and Russel Bagman's machines share this ability, too.
Jack of All Stats: Only in the first game. His late appearance in Ryusei's route didn't help the case.
Lightning Bruiser: Rectified in the sequel and Original Generations. As the middle man of the Aggresors, Kai also has the "Genius" pilot skill and good evasion stats compared to Elzam and Gilliam, with a high defense stat like Sanger's. Unlike his peers, Kai's melee and ranged stats are balanced. Instead, his specialty is to deal high damage in the shortest amount of time, thanks to starting the game with the "Attacker" pilot skillnote At 130 Will, increase damage dealt by all attacks by 20% and later learning the "Drive" Spirit Commandnote +30 to Will. Finally, Kai is one of the few characters with access to the "Soul" Spirit Command note Deal 2.5 times the damage for the next attack.
Team Dad: For the new Aggressors or even his fellow alumni.
Underestimating Badassery: Donna thinks she can take Kai's students hostage, assault the military base, and have the Wendigo completely overwhelm Kai and an obsolete mecha. Bad idea...
Katina Tarask (Voiced by Asami Yaguchi)
"I'll show you the harsh realities of war!"
A fighter pilot assigned to the Hiryu Custom battleship, Katina acquires Kyosuke's old Gespenst MK II (and painted it red) after he received his Alt Eisen. She has two sides to her personality: (excited) angry and REALLY angry. She tends to display an inferiority complex about her piloting skill whenever anyone else is chosen to pilot a unique mecha. Although she winds up using the R-Gun, she switches back to her good ol' Gespenst by Original Generation 2. Unlike most characters, Katina is one of the more easily-suspicious people among the crews: if the others gladly welcome someone who pulled a Heel-Face Turn, she'll likely be the first to say "Hey, think twice! He/she was an enemy! What if...", only to be rebuked back and she usually accepts them again. She leads the "Octo Squad", originally consisting of herself and subordinate Russel, but drafts Tasuku Shinguji and Leona Garstein by Original Generation 2.While most players believe she's a completely original character for the games, Katina made her debut from an earlier SRW trading card game with different settings: she's a sniper and her default mecha's the monstrous GAB-L◊, which is said to have claws filling up Nightmare Fuel a lot. This is understandable, seeing as Dr. Hell built it. As of the Second Original Generation, Katina uses the Gespenst MK II M Custom◊; like Kai and Russel's versions, it can change into different frames (by default, she uses the "Type-G").Tropes associated with Katina and the Type-G are:
Characterization Marches On: You're likely to forget she was first designed as a sniper, or that she used to pilot something like the GAB-L. Currently, Katina's more known for her melee-based stats and crazed Hot-Blooded personality, who's usually stuck with common Gespenst units.
Glass Cannon: In Original Generation, she gets the "Valor" Spirit Commandnote Deal twice the damage for the next attack early in the game; beginning with Original Generations, she gets access to the more powerful "Soul". Unfortunately, her defense is shoddy and horrible, alongside extremely poor Will gains.
Lightning Bruiser: To say nothing of having one of the worst evasion stats in the game, at least until she gets past a certain level. The trick is getting her to survive until that point. One way is to switch her into a Super Robot, such as the Giganscudo. Since the Gigan is a monster of a tank, her low evasion stat becomes irrelevant. With the Second Original Generation, her natural "Counter"note Pilot has a chance to perform a counterattack first when targeted by an enemy pilot skill plus a decent skill stat growth allows her to be on the front lines quite easily.
Hot-Blooded: Both in personality and in gameplay terms, having one of the cheapest "Valor" to cast. In the Second Original Generation, she gains access to "Soul" instead.
Running Gag: Always getting passed over for a chance to pilot whichever fancy new machine the Hiryu Custom crew get a hold of.
Sergeant Rock: Katina may have temper issues, but she's the leader of the Octo Squad. In fact, she's one of the few characters in the Second Original Generation who can initiate a "Maximum Break" (the others being the more reserved commanders like Kyosuke, Kai and Viletta Vadim).
Up to Eleven: A regular Gespenst MK II has a set of three "Plasma Stakes" on its left arm. The Type-G has eight - three on each arm and two on the knees.
Russel Bagman (Voiced by Takashi Aoki)
"...Lt. Jg. Katina's yelling is worse than this..!"
Katina's loyal (some would say devoted) subordinate, Russel's rather unremarkable in most repects otherwise, save for a very high defense stat and Diving Save abilities in-game that make him an excellent meat...err, "metal" shield. Where Katina goes, so will Russel.The actual extent of their relationship is so low-key, it's rather hard to tell where it is. Both seem to think highly of each other (and often worry about how the other feels about their performance in combat), but show none of the usual Unresolved Sexual Tension, problems or affection any of the other overt couples have. At the very least, they're close friends (whether they realize it or not) who have become completely comfortable with each other.
Ace Custom: Like Kai and Katina, Russel's pilots the Gespenst MK II M Custom, which uses 3 different frames for the Second Original Generation. By default, he uses the "Type-C".
Composite Character: The Type-C is really a Gespenst MK II outfitted with the Schultzwald's weaponry.
Boring but Practical: Despite lacking "Valor", Russel is one of the most useful pilots in the games thanks to having useful support-based Spirit Commands like "Rouse"note Increase adjacent ally's Will by 10, "Cheer"note Earn double the amount of experience points for the next combat phase for any ally and "Faith"note Restore all HP to any ally for extremely cheap, alongside a high Spirit Point pool. Coupled with his natural ability to "Support Attack"note Provide offensive support to an adjacent ally and "Support Defend"note Provide defensive support to an adjacent ally, this makes him one of the best pilots for the Valsion Custom back in the first game.
The Generic Guy: Quite possibly the most "normal" person in all of Original Generation, without being a Flat Character. Additionally, Russel is the only original character (sub-pilots excluded) who doesn't have a personal Leitmotif. Ironically, this makes him stand out to many fans.
Leitmotif: Averted; Russel's the only playable character without a designated theme song, which has—rather ironically—lead many fans to consider "Born to Fight", a tune reserved for the now-practically-extinct "generic" units, to be his theme.
Nerf: Russel in the first game is extremely good as a tanker, to the point of approaching Game Breaker levels, thanks to having "SP Up"note Increase maximum Spirit Points by 3 per level (maximum level 9) and "Support Defend" as starting pilot skills. In the sequels, he loses "SP Up", and subsequent games no longer become kind to characters designated as tankers.
Taking the Bullet: Pretty much his stock in trade, game-wise. In fact, a trophy lampshades this in the Second Original Generation entitled "The Man They Call A Fortress", which requires Russel to defend an ally four times in one turn.
Only Sane Man: He looks like this at first, then you look at Russel's devotion to Katina and can't help but wonder just how sane he actually is.
A staff member at Mao Industries, Radha Byraban is introduced in Original Generation via Kyosuke's route. Although she has a custom white Schutzwald, Radha mainly heads out to the battlefield when the need arises. She first appears helping Gilliam Jaeger protect a shuttle (and its cargo) from being seized by the Divine Crusaders. They succeed in keeping their enemies away, but Sanger (hiding his identity) disables the launch platform, forcing the Hiryu Custom to transport the cargo. After Mao Industries is attacked, Radha goes on the help the Hiryu Custom and its efforts to stop the United Colony Corps. It's during this time Radha introduces her personality quirk: she's a fan of yoga, albeit a big fan - so much she tries to teach it to everyone she meets. Hilarity Ensues when this first happens: Excellen Browning and Katina loudly complain about their experiences, while Viletta is in so much pain she can't even speak. The reactions of the other pilots to Radha's offers of yoga lessons come close to rivaling the reactions to Kusuha and her health drink.In Original Generation 2, Radha's still working with Mao Industries. More details about her backstory are revealed: she was a test subject at the ICS (the same institute where the Kobayashi sisters were); however, Radha was let go of the tests by Cuervo Cero, a scientist she worked for and developed a friendly relationship with some time before the accident involving Mai that destroyed the ICS. When Radha meets Arado Balanga and learns Cero worked at The School, she's heartbroken he had stayed to work on the program. Radha commits herself to assisting Arado and Latooni in rescuing Seolla and Ouka from Agilla Setme's control and confront Cuervo. When she gets the chance to meet Cero during the Federation's assault on the Earth Cradle, he reveals he's always cared for the Boosted Children, but hated himself for putting them through the program. When the installation begins to collapse, Cero's injured and pinned down after an attack from Uruz Egret. Radha tries to save him, but Cero tells her to leave take care of Boosted Children in his stead.By Original Generation Gaiden, Radha retires from piloting to become a civilian contractor with the Aggressors, but will return to piloting duties if the situation warrants. Since the Schutzwald is rendered obsolete by the time of the Second Original Generation, Radha currently uses a Gespenst MK II M custom with the Type-C as her default. She adheres to the following tropes:
Body Horror: A less disturbing variation. Somehow, she's able to contort her body in such a fashion that she was able to fit inside a Huckebein MK II cockpit with Brooklyn "Bullet" Luckfield when he first sortied in it. Naturally, this scared the living shit out of him.
You Do NOT Want To Know: Don't bother asking Bullet, either; he was too freaked out to give details, and probably still has nightmares about it.
Flanderization: She expresses concern that people see her interest in yoga as her only personality trait.
Psychic Powers: Subverted. Even though Radha was a test subject at the ICS, she never developed the same level of telekinetic abilities other Psychodrivers exhibit. However, she does have a heightened sense of awareness compared to non-psychics, but this doesn't qualify her as a Psychodriver.
Say My Name: Does this after Cuervo dies during the Earth Cradle's collapse.
Token Minority: She's Indian, and her nationality is reflected in her battle dialogue.
Shine Hausen (Voiced by Reina Kaihara)
Crown princess of the Dukedom of Riskent, a small independent state in the Mediterranean, Shine was born with the ability to see the future and for this reason (plus her kindgom's large gold mines), Riskent's attacked by Divine Crusaders Remnants after the defeat of their leaders at Aidoneus Island. She's rescued by the SRX Team (or ATX Team, if you're playing Kyosuke's route), and brought to Izu Base in Japan, with Latooni and Raidiese serving as her bodyguards. Her safety is compromised when she gets kidnapped by a mole in Federation Command and taken to Adler Koch, who places her in a Valsion Custom equipped with the "GEIM System", brainwashing her into a soldier to help him take down Federation Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Fortunately, she's rescued before the system can cause permanent damage to her mind.Riskent's invaded by the Neo Divine Crusaders again in Original Generation 2, and Shine barely escapes capture. This time, however, she's ready to fight back; to that extent, she personally commissioned the Fairlions with the help of the Tesla-Leicht Institute. With Latooni helming the Fairlion-S, Shine uses the Fairlion-G(old) and joins the Hagane battleship to re-take her nation. Although Riksent is safe again, Shine takes the initiative to journey with the crew to combat and defeat the Shadow-Mirror, Einst, and Inspectors, to ensure that they don't become a threat to not only Riksent, but the world.Tropes associated with her are:
Bodyguard Crush, Hero-Worshipper: Of Raidiese; this fades beginning with Original Generation Gaiden, in favor of a focus on her relationship with Latooni and interacting with other pilots.
The Second Original Generation re-implements this in a hilarious way: as with Latooni, the Fairlion somehow swaps out her flight suit for her "princess idol" outfit during Royal Heart Breaker.
Fragile Speedster: As with Latooni's Fairlion-S, the Fairlion-G has similar weapon loadouts and stats, but carries the same on-board "Missile Jammer", "Beam Coat" barrier and can activate "Mirror Image".
The Second Original Generation takes the innuendo further, with a teased Almost Kiss that ends with both girls looking distinctly breathless and surrounded by roses and Love Bubbles. As one commentator on Youtube put it:
"You know, if Banpresto keeps topping themselves like this, by 4th OG, they won't have anywhere to go but just straight-up lesbian sex".
And, again, none of this is assisted by the fact that the most obvious licensed-property relationship parallel for Lat and Shine is Kamille and Four.
Shout-Out: Aside from the Wink reference, there is a chance for Shine referring to the Fairlion's "Sonic Driver" as "Shine Spark". To further the joke, Shine paraphrases the actual Shine Spark dialogue spoken by Ryoma Nagare.
Took a Level in Badass: In her debut, she had no fighting experience, thus becoming a Distressed Damsel and quite possibly a Damsel Scrappy, depending on the viewer. Cue Original Generation 2 - she gets a custom machine that takes advantage of her clairvoyance via the W-INK System and starts taking to the front lines. Part of this, though, stems from the fact the W-INK System allowing the pilot of one unit (Latooni) to remotely control the other unit.
Though by the later parts of the story, Shine's quite capable of piloting by herself. In The Inspectors, she fights against Ouka in the Rapiecage with the GEIM System activated and survives long enough to reach its operational limit. In the Second Original Generation, she's thrown into La Gias without Latooni, and fights there just fine.
A newcomer for Original Generation Gaiden, Kouta Azuma is just a Hot-BloodedOrdinary High-School Student from the city district of Asakusa, who receives frequent telepathic messages from a being calling itself "Roar". When his younger sister Shouko's attacked by the invading Shura, Kouta becomes desperate to protect her, until Roar gives him instructions to transform into his armor, becoming "Fighter Roar". While this doesn't seem to be enough to repel the Shura, his grandfather Kisaburou Azuma unveils the machine he's been hiding and repairing for years: Roar's Compatible Kaiser. Kouta goes to pilot it and fends off the attackers. Just when he believes he won't be using that power anymore, he manages to escape the ODE Incident, only to see Shouko get nabbed away by Folka Albark, forcing him to go on the run after his newfound rival, get in the Compatible Kaiser and save his sister. He manages to join the Kurogane crew along the way and learn more about their operations, even making peace with Folka, who recently defected from the Shura.Unfortunately, Kouta doesn't expect Shouko to wind up becoming a victim of Duminuss and its brainwashing, wearing the "Emi Armor" and piloting the G-Thundergate, the companion craft to the Compatible Kaiser. Out for Roar's blood, it takes large amounts of I Know You Are In There Somewhere Fight to break control over Shouko, thereby rendering her as the Henshin Heroine "Fighter Emi" and face Roar's nemesis Dark Brain.Kouta winds up reappearing in continuity via the Endless Frontier EXCEEDSpin-Off sequel. In the drama CD that occurs prior to the game, he's transported to the Endless Frontier, with Kouta meeting Axel Almer later, surprised at his shift in personality and the appearance of Aschen Brodel, mistaking her as Lamia. Regardless, they manage to return to their world once the misadventure ends, but for the sake of not confusing everyone, Kouta decides to keep the majority of this detour to himself (and Axel).But getting back to the real world doesn't equate rest for Kouta, as the Earth is now under siege by the Ruina, with the Gaia Sabers making things complicated. Kouta rejoins the Steel Dragon Battle Group and heads back to Asakusa City to retrieve the Compatible Kaiser, only to find delinquent Michiru Hanaten waiting to challenge him in front of his home. He had no time to worry, as extraterrestrials begin laying siege on Asakusa City. With Michiru's assistance, Kouta recovers the Compatible Kaiser and eventually goes on full force in helping the Steel Dragon Battle Group until the end of the Sealing War.Tropes associated with Kouta:
Chest Blaster: (G) Compatible Kaiser's "Kaiser Burst". Doubles as a Continuity Nod/Mythology Gag, as the letters "BF" (Battle Force) are seen in the attack, which confirms this is the same Kaiser from The Great Battle IV.
Reconstruction: Everything about Kouta and the Compatible Kaiser's done in the incredibly stereotypical, old-school Super Robot anime style, which contrasts heavily with the Real Robot dynamics concerningSuper Robots in the Original Generation universe and mythos.
Rocket Punch: Compatible Kaiser's "Spiral Knuckle"; the G Compatible Kaiser's version clasps both hands as the "Double Spiral Knuckle". Interestingly, the latter resembles the same named attack the Dangaioh has.
Shout-Out: Doubles as Expy - in Original Generations, the Compatible Kaiser is practically the Gravion in appearance and attacks; by Original Generation Gaiden, the G Compatible Kaiser's essentially the Sol Gravion. This is because Masami Obari created, designed and directed Gravion, and was tasked by Banpresto to give the Kaiser a new look for the series.
You Do NOT Want To Know: Inverted. Kisaburou was more than willingly to tell his grandson why he hid the news about Roar and the Kaiser, but Kouta isn't interested in hearing it; in fact, he doesn't want to get mixed up in "more annoying crap". Obviously, Kouta didn't know he had no choice later.
Casting Gag: As Fighter Emi, her helmet is shaped like a cat's head. It's likely a reference to Hiromi Konno's role as Neko Musume from the most recent version of GeGeGe no Kitaro.
Day in the Limelight: Shouko fights independently without relying on Kouta by deploying in the G-Thundergate as a seperate unit for the Second Original Generation, in contrast to her appearance in Original Generation Gaiden. See Dummied Out.
Dummied Out: Was supposed to be a playable character since Original Generation Gaiden, but time constaints forced her and the G-Thundergate to automatically combine with the Compatible Kaiser, rendering her as a sub-pilot. The fact the game's "Free Battle Mode" details her own battle quotes, with the G-Thundergate's animated attacks, proves this. Rectified by the Second Original Generation.
Good Costume Switch: Her armor and the G-Thundergate turn red, once she regains control of herself. Her armor also loses the mouthplate.
The spirit that resides inside the Roar Armor that Kouta wears, he is the same-named character fromThe Great Battle series. After some unspecified time in The Great Battle series, Roar leaves the Battle Force universe with the Compatible Kaiser to pursue his nemesis Dark Brain. Unfortunately, the resulting dimensional jump severely damaged his machine, as well as tearing Roar's body apart. The Kaiser arrived on Earth where it was found by Kouta's grandfather Professor Kisaburo Azuma, who took the Kaiser and repaired it using the same technology behind the Dynamic General Guardian series. How Roar manifested himself inside Kouta is unknown, but when the Shura began attacking Earth, Roar allows Kouta to use his armor to transform into his previous body and acquire his powers.
Demoted to Extra: Warrior Roar is unavailable as a "sub-pilot" for Kouta in the Second Original Generation, in contrast to his previous appearance in Original Generation Gaiden.
The Obi-Wan: A rare example where the Obi-Wan is Not Quite Dead - Roar's body was just destroyed, but his spirit resides in the Roar Armor.
Spirit Advisor: Though there are times in combat where Roar comments on how poorly Kouta performs in the armor.
Michiru Hanaten (Voiced by Yoshinori Sonobe)
A student of "BanNam Academy", Michiru was loosely mentioned in the Endless Frontier EXCEED drama CD, but made his on-screen debut in the Second Original Generation. When Kouta was in the Endless Frontier, Michiru went to Asakusa City to challenge Kouta, on his quest to conquer all high schools in Japan. Despite Kouta not being around, Michiru prepares to wait for him, to the extent of standing outside his home until he returns. Shouko wouldn't stand for this and allows him to stay in the Azuma residence while he waits. This was long enough that Michiru develops a huge crush on her.When extraterrestrial invaders attack Asakusa City, mass-produced JinRai arrive on the spot to destroy them. Unfortunately, they begin tearing apart the city because the Compatible Kaiser is hidden beneath the city's amusement park (the JinRai are programmed to destroy all Dynamic General Guardian units: the Kaiser was repaired with the same tech). Wanting to help, Professor Kisaburo leads Michiru into the underground bunker where the Kaiser is being kept and send it to street level so Kouta can use the machine to fend off the JinRai.
Ascended Extra: G Bankaran was created for Original Generations, where it appeared in a promotion for the game and the Shuffle Battler card minigame (though the name wasn't fixed yet; it was instead called "Eternal Banchou") before getting an actual appearance in the series proper in Second Original Generation.
Badass Normal: Just your average Japanese high school loudmouth delinquent, who so happened to have provided the motion data for the new G Bankaran, Kisaburo enables Michiru to use the machine and assist Kouta. Most of what Michiru does in it is being straight-up physically punishing.
Bilingual Bonus: The kanji that appear during the G Bankaran's "Type 8710 Dragon-Tiger Combo" is a very colloquial phrase that most people, even some Japanese, might not understand. When literally translated, it says "I don't need your opinion!", but culturally speaking, it's the Japanese equivalent to the phrase "Fuck the police". How fitting, considering Michiru's character.
Captain Ersatz: Undoubtedly of Boss, but unlike him, Michiru is much more competent in his behavior and attitude. In regards to the G Bankaran, like the Boss Borot, it's a resupply unit, but unlike Boss' machine, which teeters between Joke Character and Lethal Joke Character in its appearances, Michiru's mecha is neither and a straight-up Mighty Glacier.
Shut Up, Hannibal!: Delivers a magnificent one to the Boosted Children of the Argent-class, who claim they're on the "side of justice" by aligning with the Gaia Sabers as they terrorize and remind the other Boosted Children of the horrid experiments done to them, telling them it's blatantly clear who's the villain here and what they really are - a pack of stray dogs just wagging their tails for a meal.
Walking Spoiler: For unknown reasons, the fact that he's the pilot of the G-Bankaran and a playable character is filled with spoiler tags, especially in this page.
Making her debut in Dark Prison, Yong Gebana is a pilot from the Earth Federation's "Test and Evaluation Command #3" humanoid mobile weapon development team. During a test run for the Pfeil III, a modified version of the mass-produced Huckebein MK II, Yong gets pulled into La Gias via the mass summoning event and aligns with Shu and his party in order to find a way back to the surface world.
Abnormal Ammo: Pfeil III's "Sword Launcher", which launches the daggers on the "Gunstar Blader"
Ace Custom: The Pfeil III is created by taking into account suggestions made by various teams using mass-produced Huckebeins in combat with desired features in mind.
Ditzy Genius: Yong has a seemingly serious personality when it counts and apparently operates "by the book" most of the time. She has a slight obsession with data, which is represented by how she acquires and utilizes it constantly during combat (her debut scenario is called "Auditor Girl", referencing this).
Foreshadowing: The fact that Yong mentions plans for the Pfeil III were stolen by the Inspectors off-screen in Original Generation 2 is an indicator that she isn't an Earthling. Also if you notice her Gunstar blader is based on Greyterkin's shoulder weapon, and thus a Zuvorg weapon..
Given Name Reveal: Yong's real name is "Gayatoba Sucheka". According to her, her family is not placed that high in their societal hierarchy, which explains why she addresses Mekibos so formally; when he insists they can address and talk to each other casually, she hesistates to do so.
Gratuitous German: "Pfeil" means "arrow" in German, while III is pronounced as "drei", which is "three" in German.
In-Series Nickname: Once her real name is revealed, she says they can start calling her that but Shu's team continue to call her Yong. Mekibos meanwhile calls her "Gera" a shorter version of her Zuvorg name
Merlin and Nimue: She has a "master" whose instructions or advice she usually references when in self-thought, or whose existence she uses as an encouragement. More often than not, Yong usually praises his keen farsight. Turns out the master is Mekibos, who sent Yong, a member of a ZuvorgAlliance, to spy on Teniquette Zezenan and the Guests for him just as their invasion began.
Punny Name: In a save-quite intermission scene, Yong assures her name isn't derived from the word yon meaning "four" in Japanese, even though she was introduced in scenario 4 of Dark Prison...probably.
Ship TeaseWhen Mekibos is asked if Justine Chafrois is an old girlfriend of his, Yong screams loudly "Nothing of the sort!", catching the others by surprise.
The last of the Machinery Children, Ing made his debut in an Alpha 2 side-story manga called "Lost Children" (but since this is his game debut, his entry will go here). Following the defeat of the Nashim Gan Eden, Ing awoke and found himself within a badly damaged Huckebein MK II. Having no idea who he was or where he had come from, Ing soon found himself under attack from the Alpha Numbers, specifically those who had went to the Bad Future via Alpha Gaiden. When they saw his face, they realized he was one of the Machinery Children and kept labelling him as "Egret". Ing managed to hold back the Alpha Numbers and caused a huge explosion, allowing him to make a quick escape.Upon waking up from the explosion, Ing found himself under the care of the Alpha Numbers. Giving him a place to recuperate, Ing tells them his situation and how they kept referring to him as Egret. Suddenly, the place is attacked by mysterious Bergelmirs, mass-produced Huckebein MK II units mutated by Machine Cells, under orders to find and capture Ing. The Alpha Numbers retailate and Ing manages to hijack a Bergelmir of his own. Damaging one of the enemy pilot's mask reveals to Ing the attackers and him share the same face. After the enemies retreat, the Alpha Numbers tell him the location of the Earth Cradle and Ing sets out to find the truth about his existence.Ing appears in the Second Original Generation piloting a custom EXbein called the "Ashe" (the EXbein having first appeared inThe Inspectors), after the Gaia Sabers member Amara destroys all of Mao Industries' Huckebeins. Ing's tropes include:
Book Ends: Ing is the first playable character starting in the prologue of the Second Original Generation. By heading to the True Final Boss, he'll be the last unit deployed in the battlefield, due to being absorbed by Euzeth Gozzo and the Adamatron.
Call Back: Doubles as a very subtle piece of Foreshadowing (see below). When he joins the Steel Dragon Battalion, he joins in the R-Blade Custom. Back in ''Alpha 3'', the R-Blade Custom was the only machine Cobray Gordon could be swapped into other than his Dis Astranagt.
Cloning Blues: As part of the Machinery Children, Ing is a clone of Arado, whom all are based off of in Original Generation.
The Reveal: Turns out that unlike the other Machinery Children, Ing is a clone of Ingram Prisken instead, created so Euzeth can possess a body with Ingram's DNA to further increase his power.
Cut Short: Lost Children ended following a one-volume run without any resolutions; the Second Original Generation expands what was previously untold about Ing.
Female protagonist of Real Robot Regiment, Ariel Org is "Subject Zero", the first of the Artificial Human-based "Idealants Project". In her game of origin, she is tasked by her dying creator Dr. Ozunu to pilot the Flickerei Geist and stop her "brother" Duvan Org, the second android created by the project, after he destroys Ozunu's lab. Ariel allies with the Preventers to pursue Duvan, but also learns to express herself, as she believes she lacks the emotional capabilities of a human. When Ariel defeats Duvan and his transformed Alles Geist, the machines disappear in a brilliant flash of light. While everyone comments that Ariel is likely dead, she manages to escape to the Guyana Highlands and lives the rest of her remaining life in memory of her brother.In the Second Original Generation, Ariel begins as a member of the Gaia Sabers along with Duvan, but after witnessing its atrocities and questioning their methods, she flees with the Flickerei Geist with some help from Professor Eric Wong. Seeing another display of the Gaia Sabers' methods, she immediately defects to the Steel Dragon Battle Group.Ariel pilots the Flickerei Geist, a machine made from parts of the Gespenst MK III and various other Personal Troopers. In the Second Original Generation, the Flickerei is made from parts of scrapped machines, including the Rapiecage and some elements of the Alt Eisen, particularly the right arm torn off by Axel during Operation Plantagenet in Original Generation 2.
Expy: In the Second Original Generation, the Flickerei Geist is based off of data from the Alt Eisen. From a physical standpoint, the machine's pretty much what would happen if the Alt and Weiss Ritter had a baby. However, it turns out the Flickerei is mainly based on the Alt and the Rapiecage (amusingly, another machine whose name means "patchwork"), even having it's trademark Code U.U.N. attack.
Meaningful Name: "Flickerei" means "patching/patchery" and "geist" is "ghost" in German. The Flickerei Geist is built using different parts from other Personal Troopers, namely those derived from the Gespenst line.
"Faul Kern" is loosely translated as "rotten core" in German. Keeping in mind the Jetzt are human-engineered Einst, the Faul Kern in the Flickerei is flawed and cannot evolve.
Spell My Name with an "S": Realistically, her name should be "Arriere" ("rear" in French) to keep the loose Theme Naming between her and her brother "Devant" ("front" in French). But, honestly, neither are real names.
Overlaps with Meaningful Name/Theme Naming, as the original form of their surname Org should "Ogre". By translating their complete names in Japanese, they become "Devant Ogre" (or "Zenki", as in front demon) and "Arriere Ogre" (or "Gouki", as in rear demon). Their mecha also reflect this: Alles is the larger of the two (representing the Zenki) while Flickerei is much smaller (representing the Gouki). Finally their "father" Dr. Ozunu is a reference to the "En-no-Ozunu" Shinto folk tale, thus completing the circle.
Wrecked Weapon: In the Second Original Generation, the Flickerei Geist is built out of salvaged or damaged parts from other mecha. Its Revolving Stake arm is the same one Axel tore off the Alt Eisen in Original Generation 2, while its "Autocannon" left arm belonged to the Rapiecage, salvaged from the Earth Cradle. The main chassis is what's left from the incident in the past that deemed the Flickerei a failed unit.
Your Days Are Numbered: Ariel's short lifespan is due to being a product of the Idealants Project. Lamia has been sent to solve this problem at the end of the Second Original Generation.
The Cool Old Guy among the originals, Daitetsu Minase was the captain of the space-exploration ship Hiryu years before the events of the first game. After a deadly encounter with the Aerogaters near Pluto, the Hiryu was forced to retreat after being overpowered. This incident hovers over Daitetsu, as he swears he won't allow such a near-death incident to happen again. By then, he's moved to a rank of commandant of a military academy, where he trains his future XO and protege Tetsuya Onodera, Lee Linjun and Lefina Einfeld. Just as he becomes captain of the newly christened Space-Noah class battleship Shirogane (with Tetsuya as his deputy), Shu Shirakawa damages it with the Granzon before its maiden voyage. Despite two ship disasters on his record, Daitetsu's given command of the second Space-Noah battleship Hagane during the Divine Crusaders War. Fortunately, he has more success, as the Hagane single-handedly attacks its headquarters and achieves total victory. Depending on which route you take in the game, the Hagane is either scuttled in order to infiltrate the White Star or assists the rebuilt Hiryu Custom in the assault.By the time Original Generation 2 rolls in, Daitetsu's still captain of the rebuilt Hagane, despite talks with his superiors he should retire from active duty and return to the academy to train new recruits. He leads the ship through another war with the Neo Divine Crusaders, including the invading Inspectors. During an assault at the Inspectors-occupied North American Langley Base, Leesprings a surprise preemptive on the Hagane in order to sink it. The attack wounds Daitetsu, but he quickly orders both the Hagane and Hiryu Custom to make their escape.Daitetsu has a fondness for sake, and keeps a bottle in his office for special occasions.Tropes associated with him are:
Badass Grandpa: Justified because he's got a granddaughter and a battle-hardened veteran.
Blessed with Suck: Surprise attacks seem to have it in for Daitetsu. He lost two ships because of it, and just when it looks like he'll get past this trope, Lee comes out of nowhere and nearly sinks the Hagane.
The Captain: All Space Noah-class battleships were under his command, even if it was for a short period.
Cool Old Guy: Gains a lot of admiration and respect from the younger cast members. In fact, a funeral is held following the tragicscenario. To that end, some of the character portraits has them crying, and even Elzam arrives in person rather than in his Ratsel persona, as visiting his funeral using his disguise, in his own words, is disgracing Daitetsu's memories.
Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Averted. We consistently see Daitetsu with a corn-cob pipe in his mouth, but we rarely see him lighting it or taking a puff.
Mortal Wound Reveal: The injuries he receives at Langley are fatal, but Daitetsu holds out long enough to ensure a safe retreat for both ships before quietly succumbing.
Adjutant to Daitetsu, Tetsuya graduated from the military academy Daitetsu taught at. Placed second overall in his class, right behind Lee, but for reasons unexplained, he's chosen over the more-qualified Lee (on paper, at least) as Daitetsu's second-in-command. He survives the Antarctic attack on the Shirogane and moves on to become XO of the Hagane during the first Divine Crusaders War. For the most part, Tetsuya acts like an overreactive, nervous rookie, serving as a form of comic relief for the originals. However, depending on the route played in Original Generation, Tetsuya reveals himself as quite the brilliant tactician, seen with his strategy of using the recoil of the "Tronium Buster Cannon" on the bow of the Hagane as a means of escaping from what would've been a suicide attack on the Aerogaters' White Star.During the second Divine Crusaders War, Tetsuya's still executive officer of the newly-repaired Hagane, despite suggestions from several people that with his talents, he should be given command of his own ship. For the most part in Original Generation 2, Tetsuya still acts like his semi-goofy self, until Lee's defection to the Shadow-Mirror and his surprise attack on the Hagane. This event considerably forces Tetsuya to man up and assume command of the Kurogane for the rest of the Inspector conflict, albeit under the title of "Deputy Captain". By the time Original Generation Gaiden rolls in, he's the full-fledged captain of the repaired Hagane.He embodies these tropes:
Badass Normal: From Original Generation 2 onwards, he attains the badass part.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Starts out the comic relief and nearly seems useless; hell, this is even reflected in his Spirit Command list. Then, when you least expect it, Tetsuya shows just why he graduated so high in his class.
Can't Hold His Liquor: Unlike Daitetsu, Tetsuya can't really hold his liquor well and gets drunk rather easily. It's gotten to a point where he's mocked for having such low tolerance.
Dynamic Entry: What do you think the drill on the Kurogane is used for?
Captain of the refitted Hiryu Custom, Lefina gradutated at the top of her class and given command of the ship on what's labelled as a "trial basis". At 18 years-old, Lefina is shy, nervous and very unsure of her abilities. As a result, she tends to defer a lot of decisions to the more experienced leaders, like deputy captain Sean Webley (Daitetsu's former adjutant on the Hiryu) and ATX Team leaders Sanger and Kyosuke. During the Divine Crusaders War, she leads the Hiryu Custom and the ATX Team against the entire United Colony Corps defensive force and slowly matures into a dependable leader. The Hiryu Custom succeeds in defeating the Corps and re-establishing Earth Federation control in space. She also participates in the L5 Campaign; however, Lefina's involvement varies slightly depending on which route the player chooses. After the war, the Hiryu Custom is assigned to the Icarus asteroid base in the asteroid belt beyond Mars.In Original Generation 2, the Hiryu Custom is recalled back to Earth initially to investigate the disappearances of random Earth Federation Army squads in the L2 sector. After an attack on Mao Industries by a mysterious alien robot, the ship's assigned to protect the White Star from an alien attack. Lefina orders a full retreat from the White Star after the fleet stationed there is wiped out by the Inspectors. She also assists in the evacuation efforts from Mao Industries and the Tesla-Liecht Institute from the Inspectors, and eventually rejoins the Hagane in fighting them off. After these events, the Hiryu Custom is assigned to the Moon's defensive forces. By Original Generation Gaiden, the Hiryu Custom is once again called back to action against the rampaging Bartolls and the Shura invasion.Lefina functions nearly as a Distaff Counterpart to Tetsuya: both are quite easily startled and teased, only she has more potential for Moe Moe. She embodies these tropes:
Captain Ersatz: Compare Lefina to Yurika Misumaru, especially in regards to age and combat experience. What's more, both characters' battleships feature a gravity-based Wave Motion Gun. The difference between them, aside from appearance, is Lefina is a bit more shy (but will pull through without being a Shrinking Violet) than the more ditzy, outgoing Yurika.
Meaningful Name: "Hiryu" means "soaring dragon". Not only is the meaning supposed to be a reference to it "soaring through space", but also because the battleship's bow was designed to look like a dragon◊.
Sean Webley (Voiced by Kan Tanaka)
Vice-Captain of the Hiryu Custom, Sean is a close friend of Daitetsu and loves to spend time drinking with him. He was previously the second-in-command of the Hiryu with Daitetsu as the commanding officer, before their trip near Pluto and their first encounter with the Aerogators. One of his hobbies include openly guessing the three sizes of the female crew and pilots, even flirting with them.
Dirty Old Man: In some bizarre way, he knows all of Lefina's three sizes.
Another bridge operator, specifically communications support, aboard the Hagane.
Breakout Character: Of sorts; she has more lines than Eita (who has been in Original Generation since his debut in the first game) and even makes it into the second ending of The Inspector instead of him.
Canon Foreigner: Debuts in The Inspector; however, she appears in the Second Original Generation, rendering her a...
An advisor for the Tesla-Leicht Institute, and the master of the Jigen-ryuu ("Jigen-style") of swordsmanship, Master Rishu Tougou is the teacher to Sanger and Bullet. A good-natured man, when it comes to matters of the sword, Rishu is strict. At his time in Tesla-Leicht, he's provided the motion data for the Colossal Blade and its development.
Ascended Extra: Was partially available for use in 2.5: Unified Wisdom, but is fully playable beginning with Original Generation Gaiden.
Lightning Bruiser: Has the highest skill stat and critical hit rate (the latter augmented by his Ace Bonus) in the Second Original Generation, coupled with a natural "Infight"note Increase movement range and weapon power for melee-based weapons and "Attack Again"note Attack a second time if the pilot's skill stat is 20 points higher than the enemy's skill stat pilot skills and the cheapest "Guard" Spirit Commandnote Decrease all damage taken for one turn by 75% in the game.
So Last Season: Averted; the Type-0 was decommissioned prior to Original Generation 2, but when it makes its return, it's still one of the strongest units in Original Generation Gaiden all the way towards the Second Original Generation. Justified, as the machine is upgraded with technology from its successors (namely "TGC Joints" and a plasma generator) during its absence off-screen.
Sword Cane: Carries one in case of emergencies, such as when the Inspectors held the Tesla-Leicht Institute hostage.
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Lee Linjun (Voiced by Ryo Wakabayashi in Orignal Generations, Kousuke Okano in The Inspectors and the Second Original Generation)
A former classmate of Tetsuya's, Lee functions as the semi-Evil Counterpart of Tetsuya in every way imaginable. His mannerisms in combat involve "following the book", to a point where it becomes painstakingly ridiculous. Lee also holds no care for his subordinates, seeing them mere pawns that are easily replaced. To that end, he holds a serious grudge against the participants of Operation SRW (which includes almost all the heroes; Tetsuya gets the brunt of his excuse). The reason? his wife Cynthia and his parents were killed during the Beijing attack by the Aerogators. His result: blame the heroes, NOT the invaders for his loss.Lee makes his debut in Original Generation 2, where he's captain of the rebuilt Shirogane. During the war with the Neo Divine Crusaders, Lee falls for a downright-obvious trap set by Shadow-Mirror forces, and the Shirogane is captured. Lee's approached by Vindel Mauser and offered a position among their ranks, which he readily accepts. As if he couldn't get any worse, Lee launches a surprise attack on the Hagane during the battle at the North American Langley Base. The combined Hagane and Hiryu Custom crews escape. When the Inspectors and Shadow-Mirror fall back to the White Star, Lee faces Tetsuya, now Deputy Captain of the Kurogane. As a last-ditch effort, Lee attempts to ram the Kurogane with the Shirogane...except he forgets the Kurogane mounts A GIANT DRILLon its bow. The Shirogane is shredded to pieces.Or so we thought: in Original Generations, the story retcons the event with the Shirogane retreating. As much as it's hard to believe that Lee can survive a battleship-sized drill to the face, he returns in the Second Original Generation working for the Gaia Sabers as captain of their flagship Air Christmas, under the alias "Kali". His old persona is quickly discovered by the Steel Dragon Battle Group, however.
Early-Bird Cameo: The side-story manga Record of ATX has Lee cameo as captain of an aircraft carrier during the Battle of Beijing. He watches helplessly as the city's razed by the Aerogators.
Expy: Lee is practically a mirror of Tempest Hawker from the first game. Both men are associates to a party member, motivated by a dead family member and are Jerkasses. Tempest defected to the Divine Crusaders, though Lee doesn't, despite being antagonistic and a playable character, until he joins the Shadow-Mirror.
Face-Heel Turn: Although, in Lee's case, this may count as a subversion. While not presented as a traditional "good guy" at the start, by mid-game, he decides to embrace his true villainy.
Hypocrite: Lee complains about being late to a rendevous with the Hagane because the Shirogane is damaged in one scenario. When the former does appear to offer aid, Lee criticizes Daitetsu for being careless. Somehow, his duties as a soldier apparently comes first.
Informed Ability: There's is a reason why the fanbase called him "a graduate of the dumbass department". Granted
JerkassNeidermeyer: Lee takes these tropes and cranks it Up to Eleven and beyond. One has to wonder if he was solely created just so to be hated to death by players. If the answer's "yes", then Banpresto overdid it, which says a lot.
Irrational Hatred: The crux of his character, really. Deep down, Lee's just a grief stricken man who's trying to find a way to come to terms with a very tragic loss in his life. But since he copes with his pain by being a complete and utter asshole to the player characters, it's kinda hard feel much pity for him. Especially since his sneak attack on the Hagane during the Langley Base assault led to Captain Daitetsu's death.
Out of Focus: Lee gets less screentime in The Inspectors; in fact, when he was supposed to do a Face-Heel Turn... he didn't, as if he faded into obscurity...
Ramming Always Works: Averted; ramming doesn't work when your target has a massive drill at its bow, Mr. Linjun. And this man graduated summa cum laude, by the way. Unbelievably, him doing this in the Second Original Generation is what gives the heroes their victory. It helps the Air Christmas is designedto ram into things.
Smug Snake: Banpresto probably want to give him a bit of a sympathy with his backstory, but he's just too much of a bastard for any of the fans to care. He still keeps the jerkassery in the Second Original Generation, to the point players find it hard to forgive him, even after his last minute Heroic Sacrifice and Redemption Equals Death.
Captain Ersatz: Is designed to fill the role normally played by characters like General Oka or General Igor in "standard" SRWs, as the reasonable commander of the Far East branch of the Earth Federation Army who assists the heroes and gives them their marching orders.
Canon Immigrant: Of sorts; the name "Randolph Laker" appears in the supplemental works to Super Hero Sakusen, in a role similar to what the eventual character Randolph Laker does.
Put on a Bus: "Sent on a vacation" after the Grusman faction successfully takes control of the government and military.
The Bus Came Back: Returns in the epilogue of the Second Original Generation, presumbably reinstated to his position.
Corrupt Bureaucrat: Was one of the representatives in Antarctica meeting with Zezenan over talks of surrendering the Earth.
Killed Off for Real: Died during his second attempt to negotiate with the Aerogators in Antarctica aboard the secretly rebuilt Shirogane at Viletta's hands.
The Man Behind the Man: Archibald Grims did not orchestrate the events behind the "Elpis Incident": Karl hired him to do it. This was so the Federation could undermine the space colonies' legitimacy for independence.
Put on a Bus: There's no mention of him after being ousted from office. The games don't confirm whether he's been Killed Off for Real or not. He does appear in the end of Original Generation 2, although his whereabouts are unknown.
Unfit for Greatness: Despite issuing the Tokyo Manifest, which would better rearm the planet's military for future incursions against extraterrestrial threats, he still believes peace talks with the Inspectors is a viable option. This only leads to a coup d'etat within the Federation government that unseats him from power.
Graien Grusman (Voiced by Nobuaki Kanemitsu)
Killed Off for Real: In the most anti-climatic, yet accidental way. He just happens to be in the transport plane rammed by both the Hagane and Hiryu Custom as they're making their escape from the Gaia Sabers. They weren't doing it on purpose.
Of course, Arteil's the one who set that particular flight course for the transport.
Treacherous Advisor: Leads the government coup to outst President Midcrid from power, with help from Kenneth Garret and Mitsuko Isurugi
Unwitting Pawn: Arteil sets up Graien to witness the Steel Dragon Battle Group's "coup" and gets himself in the way of the fleeing battleships, killing him off, so Steinbeck can frame the Battle Group for assassinating the President and taking full command of the Gaia Sabers.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Graien believes the Earth requires a more militant government in hopes to combat extraterrestrials, hence why he sees the "Shield of Aegis" decreed by Midcrid as pointless, whereas the "Sword of Harpe" is necessary. This culminates with the creation of the Gaia Sabers.
The Reveal: In reality, his allegiance lies with Euzeth Gozzo. However, it's still made unclear whether Nibhal is an Earthling or an alien.
Wild Card: While Nibhal was still aligned with Graien and his government, most fans tended to believe he had his own agenda. The most popular theory was he's an agent installed by the Zuvorg Alliance to keep an eye on humanity's activities.
Notable characters belonging to the (Neo) Divine Crusaders (the ones from the Original Generation series):
Tenzan Nakajima (Voiced by Yasuhiko Kawazu)
A Burning PT player like Ryusei Date and Ryoto Hikawa, Tenzan was also recruited by the Divine Crusaders for his gameplaying talents. In Original Generation, Tenzan drops out of the Burning PT Tournament to join the faction, allowing Ryusei to win by default (in Divine Wars, Tenzan actually faces Ryusei in the tournament final and defeats him, becoming champion). He becomes a test pilot for the Lion series, and is one of the few people to use all three primary Armored Modules fielded by the Divine Crusaders (Lion, Guarlion, and Barrelion). He eventually settles on the Barrelion as his personal unit because he doesn't like how the other two units handle.Over the course of the Divine Crusaders War, Tenzan becomes a steady rival to Ryusei; unlike the latter, Tenzan constantly thinks the whole war is a big game and doesn't take into account of his actions. When the Divine Crusaders decides to debut the Valsion Custom, Tenzan is given Unit #3 by Adler. Unfortunately, the GEIM System installed in the machine is far from working capacity, rendering him berserk and distorting his perception of reality further; now he really believes he's in a real video game. He dies during the Divine Crusaders' final assault on Geneva, Switzerland, leaving a serious impression on Ryusei.Tenzan embodies these tropes:
Ace Custom: Has his own personally modified Barrelion. His briefly-used Guarlion is also a custom job◊, as it lacks the head fin all Guarlions have.
Ax-Crazy: When piloting the Valsion Custom and as Gaza Haganer
Big Eater: In the Divine Wars animé. Even during his tournament battle with Ryusei, he was eating while effortlessly dodging Ryu's attacks before trouncing him.
Brainwashed and Crazy: Variation while piloting the Valsion Custom - Tenzan wasn't exactly brainwashed; he's just plain crazy. Played straight when he's resurrected as Gaza.
Evil Counterpart: Tenzan's essentially what Ryusei would've turned into had the latter not learned to separate fiction from reality, specifically the harsh consequences of war, and matured as a person.
Kick the Dog: Reveals to Ryusei that Latooni was a member of The School and brings up how she was essentially Adler Koch's play-experiment. It was enough for Ryusei's Berserk Button to be pressed when he finds this out and gives Tenzan a piece of his mind.
Secondary commander-in-chief of the Divine Crusaders, Adler was also a former instructor of The School.
Captain Ersatz: Adler's design of the Valsion Custom, being far larger than the typical Mecha-Mook, and using the GEIM System as an interface that warps the pilot's mind, is an obvious stand-in for the Psycho Gundam.
Dragon Ascendant: After Bian dies at Divine Crusaders Headquarters on Aidoneus Island, Adler takes what's left of the faction and hurries to Federation Headquarters in Geneva to topple the government swiftly.
A colonel of the Divine Crusaders, Van Vat Tran reformed the scattered faction into the Neo Divine Crusaders in Original Generation 2, with hopes to continue Bian's legacy, as he was part of Bian's inner circle who knew of the Divine Crusaders' true intentions.
A commander in the Divine Crusaders. He was part of Bian's inner circle who knew of Bian's true goal in forming the Divine Crusaders. Lorenzo unites the remnants of the Neo Divine Crusaders to oppose the Federation in Original Generation Gaiden, along with Murata.
Canon Immigrant: Lorenzo made his debut in Original Generation Chronicle, a set of short-stories from Dengeki magazine released prior to Original Generations. His story of hijacking a Valsion Custom Type-CF from Isurugi Industries is used in one of the five new scenarios for the game.
A top commander in the Divine Crusaders, working alongside Lorenzo. He is also former student of Rishu Tougou, having learned Jigen-ryuu. He assists Lorenzo in Original Generation Gaiden in leading the remnants of the Neo Divine Crusaders, and is caught up in the mass summoning during Second Original Generations. Upon returning to the surface, Murata joins up with the Gaia Sabers.
Archibald Grims is a Neo Divine Crusaders commander who debuts in Original Generation 2. His top subordinates are Yuuki Jaggar and Ricarla Borgnine, although he briefly serves as commander to Arado and Seolla. Archibald seems like a mild-mannered person with a cunning personality. In reality, he's an Ax-CrazyPsycho for Hire of the Elpis Incident. He set off a poison gas in the docking bay of the Elpis colony that forced Elzam von Branstein to kill his wife Cattleya in order to save it. Archibald takes great pleasure in killing anything he sees, be it innocent or not. This causes some tension between him and those serving under him early on over military strategy, until Archibald defects and joins the Shadow-Mirror, fatally wounding Colonel Van during the surprise attack at the North American Langley Base. During the final showdown in the Earth Cradle, Archibald reveals he was in fact hired by the real mastermind behind the Elpis Incident from the Extra-Over Technological Investigative Council. This confession, in an attempt to save his own life, horrendously backfires and is killed in a tag-team assault by the Branstein brothers.Archibald's an interesting character due to the number of Mythology Gags surrounding his family name. According to the RyuKoOh Denki manga, which supposedly tells of events set several centuries before Original Generation, Archibald's ancestor Jabez Grims, a member of British royalty, excavates the JakuOhKi and BuOhKi, two ancient Choukijin ("Super Mechanical Gods"). However, since Jabez doesn't possess the Psychic Powers allowing humans to control the Choukijin, he uses opium in large amounts to pacify the machines. With these two Choukijin in his possession, Jabez goes on a rampage; fortunately, his actions are stopped by Rishu Tougou's ancestor, Ryuuma. However, Jabez's actions have serious consequences: the Grims family is expelled from the aristocracy and no longer held any royal powers. As such, Archibald takes some measures to secure, and later stop the revival of, the RyuOhKi and KoOhKi in Original Generation 2, but fails. Tropes associated with Archibald are:
The Gravilion is actually a Dummied Out enemy unit from the first Original Generation game. It was cut because the unit took up too much memory in the Game Boy Advance cartridge. Original Generations later discarded the unit because it didn't fit with the design plan for the game (recreate the original Game Boy Advance games in the Playstation 2 engine).
Never Hurt an Innocent: Inverted; Archibald LOVES hurting innocents, it wouldn't surprise anyone if he decides to steal candy from a baby, shoot it, then set it on fire.
Retcon: In Original Generation 2, Archibald pilots an Ashsaber given to him by the Shadow-Mirror during his last stand in the Earth Cradle. In Original Generations, he pilots a Giganspada, an Alternate Universe version from the Shadow-Mirror dimension of the Giganscudo.
The Sociopath: A textbook case: He's self-absorbed, arrogant, deceitful, and a thrill-seeker who enjoys nothing more than causing pain to others. It's also his biggest Weakness, as his inability to understand things such as empathy, trust, camaraderie, and other virtues tends to undermine his schemes (not helped by his inflated arrogance). best shown when the bombs he planed in shelters around Rikset fail to detonate because Yukki sabotaged them beforehand; Archibald had known that Yukki strongly disproved of his "methods", but failed to realize that his subordinate had the will and resourcefulness to do something about it.
Once known as "Aurum 1", Ouka is the first of the Boosted Children at The School. During her time there, she befriends three younger children: Bronzo 27 and 28 (Seolla and Arado) and Latooni 11. She's one of the few remaining children after The School was shut down, and stays with researchers Agilla Setme and Cuervo Sero.Ouka first appears to a surprised Latooni and her teammates, piloting an R-Eins loaned to her by the Shadow-Mirror. She initially believes the Federation has brainwashed Latooni into fighting for them and killing Arado, despite Latooni's objections that Arado's alive and that she's fighting of her own will. After discovering that Arado is not dead, Agilla decides to alter Ouka (and Seolla's) memories to make them believe Arado is dead. After the memory alterations, Ouka is given the Rapiecage, a Super Prototype from the Shadow-Mirror based off of mecha from Project ATX. During the Rapiecage's first sortie, Ouka reveals it's equipped with a newer model of Alder Koch's GEIM System. Unlike previous GEIM System users, Ouka's able to resist the berserker side-effects of the system and maintain control over herself.Tropes associated with Ouka are:
Captain Ersatz: Meta-example - the Rapiecage (especially the "Rapiecage Fantome" from The Inspector) has the same design philosophy and naming scheme as the Flickerei Geist. In-universe, it's inverted; similarly, it's also built on the same concept as the Astranagant - emulating technology or out-right stealing it from the heroic factions.
Deadly Upgrade: Implied in The Inspectors; even though Ouka is conditioned to use the GEIM System better, some side-effects hazardous to her health is evident during the Earth Cradle event, hence why she chooses Heroic Sacrifice to destroy Agilla.
Meaningful Name: Rapiecage means "patchwork" in French. The machine was created from combat data taken from the Alt Eisen, Weiss Ritter, Wild Wurger and Wild Falken. This is shown in the arsenal the mecha carries. Its system is derived from the Ashsaber (and its production number classifies it as an "Assault Dragoon"), but built with modified parts from the "Valkyrie" series to make it more durable.
Super Prototype: In terms of being the eldest of The School children and getting the neato Rapiecage.
Theme Naming: "Aurum" means "gold" in Latin, hence why Ouka is the eldest and strongest of the Boosted Children.
A new member of the Shadow-Mirror created for Original Generation, Wodan Ymir's occasionally sent out by his superiors to antagonize the heroes, namely to impede their progress in quelling the Neo Divine Crusaders. Quiet, calm and exceptionally loyal, Wodan's initially mistaken for Sanger by the cast, who believes he's been Brainwashed and Crazy by the Neo DC into joining them. When the real Sanger appears during Operation Plantagenet, Wodan develops a strong rivalry with the samurai, making it personal to be the only one to defeat him.In reality, Wodan is an android based on the Alternate Universe Sanger who was killed in action in the Shadow-Mirror dimension (most theories hint it was Vindel Mauser who landed the blow). His body was recovered and given to Lemon Browning to be resurrected as one of the W-Numbers to be a countermeasure against the Beowulves squadron of The Federation. His identification is W-15 and unlike other W-Numbers, Wodan was simply modified into a cyborg, rather than being built from the ground-up. As a result, his personality's somewhat unstable; to keep him in line, Lemon has Wodan link with the Earth Cradle's supercomputer "Magus Gebo" and becomes its loyal guardian, a Continuity Nod to the Alpha Gaiden Sanger, the main difference being Sophia Nate having been built into Magus' core in Original Generation 2 by Egret Feff.During Operation Planetagent, Wodan appears at the Tesla-Liecht Institute and stops the InspectorVigagi from killing Sanger, cementing their rivalry. Wodan not only buys Sanger time to get his new Dygenguard working, but recovers the Type-3 Colossal Blade for Sanger to use (in Alpha 2, that role was handled by Ratsel). Afterwards, Wodan's reassigned to the Earth Cradle to protect it from the Kurogane and faces Sanger outside the facility for their ulimate duel. The sheer force from their respective attacks managed to destroy the outer shell (designed to withstand nuclear explosions, for the record) and cause the Earth Cradle to cave in. Unfortunately, the attack (and subsequent fall) severely crippled Wodan. At that moment, Egret orders Magus to restore the Thrudgelmir, but Wodan refuses, admitting he has lost to Sanger and tells him Sophia is now Sanger's responsibility. Wodan launches a final, killing blow on Feff and the remaining Machinery Children, but the over-damaged Thrudgelmir explodes, destroying Wodan.Wodan is modeled after the Alpha Gaiden version of Sanger and pilots the monstrous Thrudgelmir, a Grungust Type-3 from the Shadow-Mirror world modified in the Original Generation universe by Machine Cells. Considering who Wodan's based off of, he embodies similar tropes, but to avoid redundancy, the following are either exclusive to Wodan or ones significantly changed:
BFS: Comes in two forms for the Thrudgelmir's Colossal Blade - a solid-based, two-handed broadsword version or a Pure Energy-emitting Pillar of Light version that seemingly extends to infinity.
The Brute: Out of the Shadow-Mirror Five-Man Band in Original Generation, though Wodan subverts the usual personality, as he's rather intelligent and calculating.
Mythology Gag: Wodan is this, in a nutshell. Not only is his default Super Robot Sanger's first machine, but his outfit's exactly the same as his in Alpha Gaiden (from the mask). To top it off, Wodan's Leitmotif is Sanger's first Leitmotif, "The Gate of Magus". Long story short, he's basically an excuse to have both an Alpha Gaiden Sanger and Alpha 2/Original Generation Sanger in the same game.
In Original Generations, the Thrudgelmir gains a few gags of its own. Two attacks added to its arsenal were previously used by Sanger in the Alpha side-story manga "Steel Messiah". While the "Drill Inferno" didn't change, the Hoshinagi no Tachi ("Slicing Sword of the Cosmos") gets slightly altered: in "Steel Messiah", the attack has the Thrudgelmir spin in a circle with the Colossal Blade still solid; in Original Generations, it's executed like the Ichimonji Giri, except the blade's etheral and rips apart the landscape while swallowing its target whole.
Making its debut in the 3-episode OVA The Animation and reappearing in Original Generation Gaiden, the ODE (Omni Dendro Encephalon) System was created by Professor Wilhelm V. Jürgen, a former member of the Extra-Over Technological Institute. The system was intended to network a new "GESTALT" (Global Expanded Stamp out Tactics works ALTogether) line of mobile weapons, rolled out by Wong Heavy Industries as the VTX-001 Bartoll. When the Aerogaters invaded and Jürgen's wife and child were killed in the attacks, he drastically redesigned the system to rely on capturing humans as a biological core to derive data. He rationalizes that if the rest of the world were united as a single consciousness, future conflicts with extraterrestrials would spare the pain of people losing their loved ones.In the OVA, Jürgen uses his own body to act as the living core of the mainframe for the ODE System, installed inside a single Bartoll. The system, completely fused with Jürgen's consciousness, slowly assimilates other people into its collective, eventually leading the mass-production machines in subjugating all of humanity. However, the Earth Federation Army successfully locates Jürgen in the abandoned Hellgate Facility and disconnects his uplink with the system. Jürgen dies in the assault, but not before the ODE System releases a stream of data, sending it into the far corners of space.In Original Generations, before the Aerogaters arrived, funding for the ODE System is halted by Adler Koch, after he assumes command of the Divine Crusaders. By Original Generation Gaiden, Jürgen has relocated to Wong Heavy Industries to complete the system. Rather than act individually in his quest to unite humanity, he acquires the helping hand of Kyle Bean and Selcia Farm and instead of a Bartoll, Jürgen uses a Valsion Custom Type-CF. Similar events from the OVA follows suit, but Jürgen seemingly destroys Lamia, after she is rescued by Kyosuke at the Hellgate Facility. This was enough for Lamia's allies to put an end to Jürgen.Tropes regarding the ODE System and Jürgen include:
Easily Forgiven: This is the Earth Federation Army we're talking about - one of their closest comrades was seemingly Killed Off for Real and their reaction is mostly "Poor Juergen, he's no longer himself?" Compared to what they said to Archibald...
Everyone Has Standards: Retroactively. Juergen himself isn't exactly very hinged when he's presented, but come Second Original Generation, turns out that Kaoru Tomine, already a blatant scumbag of a Mad Scientist, puts him as one of the people he wanted to surpass. This can mean that even Juergen would find Kaoru distasteful.
Meaningful Name: "Gestalt" is German for "form" or "shape". In English, the term refers to a concept of "wholeness", hence why it requires a biological core to operate.
This is what happens when you're at the far end of the "grumpy" spectrum.
Kyosuke Nanbu of the Shadow-Mirror Alternate Universe and captain of the "Beowulves" Gespenst squadron, under the designation "Beowulf". According to Axel Almer, who used to fight alongside him in The Federation, Beowulf was identical to the current Kyosuke Nanbu of the Original Generation universe and shared many personality traits (unwavering determination, stoicism, leadership qualities, etc.), except somewhere along the line, he went Ax-Crazy, rambling on about world destruction and its rebirth. This is what led to Axel defecting and joining the Shadow-Mirror, and the rivalry between him and his former comrade.As the Shadow-Mirror were ready to jump to another dimension, Axel was left to fend the Beowulves off at the Tesla-Leicht Institute. While the Game Boy Advance version of Original Generation 2 told little of Axel's fight, the Endless Frontier drama CD and subsequent The Inspectors tells us Axel manages to wipe out the Beowulves singlehandedly and face the mad Beowulf. Although Axel comes out the loser, he announces his victory for having stalled enough time for his allies to escape to the other side. This leaves Beowulf screaming in rage of his defeat, despite having beaten Axel.Beowulf pilots a machine similar to Kyosuke's Alt Eisen, but given a blue color scheme. While this machine is never given the Alt Eisen codename, it is actually accepted as the successor to the Gespenst MK II M, and receives the proper "Gespenst MK III" designation. However, there are hints that there is more to the mech than meets the eye.Tropes associated with Beowulf are:
Ax-Crazy: He's just as focused and determined as Kyosuke is, but unlike his counterpart, he has a constant, creepy Psychotic Smirk in lieu of a poker face. Also, unlike other examples of this trope, Beowulf has a motive that drives him to be like this.
According to Lamia in The Inspectors, there were rumors that he had a habit of killing his allies during combat.
The Dreaded: It's implied Beowulf is inhumanly powerful, and rumored to possess abilities that are almost demonic in nature. While the validity of this has yet to be confirmed, there's something about the man that's clearly wrong.
The Ghost: Kinda. While he had an expanded role in The Inspector, canonically he's only made one appearance in the games. Most of what is known about him comes from the Shadow-Mirror faction, and even they didn't know much about him.
Retcon: The Game Boy Advance version of Original Generation 2 suggests Beowulf is as heroic as the Kyosuke players know, and that Axel simply hates him because Beowulf always beats him. Original Generations does a rewrite, indicating he's far more sadistic than meets the eye, justifying the rivalry between him and Axel. The Reveal in the drama CD and his appearance in The Inspectors turns him into a literal monster.
The main antagonists of the Second Original Generation, the Gaia Sabers (or "GS", for short) are a hand-picked military group administered by President Graien Grusman after Original Generation Gaiden to be the first and last line of defense against extraterrestrials in protecting the Earth.Tropes common to the entire faction are:
Mio: Gaia Sabers? "The Hero's Greatest Strategy" guys?
Spell My Name with an "S": Despite the title "Gaia Saviour" in the prologue of the Second Original Generation, Steinbeck makes it clear word-for-word (in English text, no less) the organization is called "Gaia Sabers".
Antagonist of Real Robot Regiment, Duvan is "Subject Double Zero" of the Artificial Human-based "Idealants Project" created by Dr. Ozunu. Duvan destroys Ozunu's lab and mortally wounds his creator after learning of the limited mortality given to the Idealants. To that end, he steals the Alles Geist and plans to harness the power of the Ultimate Gundam to break his "flaw" and intends to conquer mankind and rule them as their leader, believing it is his destiny as an idealized superior being to humans. Unlike his "sister" Ariel, who had experiences to expand her emotional aspects with the Preventers, Duvan never understood there are other means to live. He stubbornly continues to fight against Ariel and her allies, ultimately winding down to a final battle against her.Duvan appears in the Second Original Generation in a similar role to his original counterpart. When told by Eric Wong of his remaining time left, Duvan tags along with Eldy Mitte to Antarctica with hopes to use the Cross Gate Paradigm System to solve his mortality problem.
Making her debut in the Second Original Generation, Amara is a member of the Gaia Sabers who answers directly to Steinbeck. In her first appearance, Amara heads to a Mao Industries factory with an custom, unidentified Huckebein and destroys all existing Huckebeins models in the world, stealing the Tronium Engine in the MK III and the Black Hole Engine in the 009, before fleeing.
Ace Custom: The Galilnagant is a customized Huckebein, classified by the Steel Dragon Battle Group as the "Code: Evil".
Cloning Blues: Another member of the Balshem series based off of Ingram
Composite Character: Code: Evil's design is a combination of the Huckebein and the Astranagant.
Crutch Character: In Coffin of the End, she's very good for most of the stages till the giants of La Gias show up, then her damage output diminishes. Made worse by the fact that she doesn't have Axiom Asher for some reason. The second reason is that since you have the five Elemental Lords, Shu, and Sakito Asagi, her main use is just to kill grunts.. Still good to take all the way to the endgame however.
Leitmotif: Kokuen no Kariudo ("Black Blaze Hunter")
She's Back: Amara and the Galilnagant are set to appear in Masou Kishin F: Coffin of the End. Turns out, the Cross Gate that was found during the fight against Euzeth connects to La Gias and by defeating Euzeth, the Cross Gate reactivates. She then fell there and was found by Yotennai who brainwashes her.
Chienne (Voiced by Yuka Nagayoshi), Chien (Voiced by Hiroshi Shirokuma) and Chiot (Voiced by Chihiro Tagaino)
Appearing in the Second Original Generation, these three are the Boosted Children of The School, representing the "Argent"-class. Unfortunately, while Arado, Seolla and Latooni are glad to have found surviving members of The School, these three have become mercenaries hired by the Gaia Sabers, who revel in showing off their skills and superiority over their lesser peers from The School.
Theme Naming: Their names mean "female dog" note Or, more accurately, "bitch", "male dog" and "puppy" in French, respectively. Keeping in line with the terminology behind the Boosted Children classes, "argent" means "silver" in French.
Loosely based on the same-named faction from the Alpha series, these people are behind the Youkijin ("Evil Mechanical Gods") for the Second Original Generation. Their stated goal is the ascension of the human race into immortals, free from pain and suffering, but not all humans are compatible with the ritual, thus millions will die in the process. Needless to say, their methodology can be a little extreme. Stationed in the Garden of Baral, located somewhere in the Middle East, the faction controls the last two "God-class" Choukijin JakuOhKi and BuOhKi, as well as the last two survivors of the "Evil-class" and all members of the "Spirit-class" (although only one is seen). Aside from Kanan and Taihou, Kukuru is a member of this group, as well as Son Ganlong.This faction was in fact first seen in Original Generation Gaiden, in the middle of the Shura invasion, when strange creatures called the Youjin ("Evil Gods") began to sporadically appear and attacked the RyuKoOh. They began taking a more active stance in the Second Original Generation.
Jun Kanan (Voiced by Ryoko Nagata)
One of a pair of Chinese Immortals, Kanan was present during the first "Kijin Wars" ("War of the Mechanical Gods") and helped bring the TouTetsuOh and KyuKiOh back under Baral's control. Although a bit extreme, she genuinely cares about humanity, comparing it it to a child that needs guidance.
Art Evolution: JakuBuOh's design has changed significantly◊ since it was first revealed in side materials. This could be a case of lacking specific materials used in its combination, and it's still possible (although unlikely) for it to revert into a similar form as its original design in a different game.
Buxom Is Better: She REALLY likes other females' body and prefers someone as luscious, voluptuous and "gorgeous" as Kusuha. Hilariously, Kanan proclaims it out loud she has little preference over flat-chested women, much to Ibis' dismay.
Leitmotif: Jakubu Shuuten ("The Phoenix and Turtle Encircling the Heavens")
The Rival: JakuOhKi has always been RyuOhKi's rival. Kanan herself is pretty determined in getting Kusuha to join the Garden of Baral because she's obsessed with her.
Sadistic Choice: Delivers a brutal one to Kusuha. Surrender the RyuJinKi or watch helplessly as Bullet dies with the KoOhKi and the TouTetsuOh devours many innocent soldiers in a gruesome manner. Kusuha only manages to get out of the situation thanks to the psychic interruption by Irui Gan Eden, alongside Bullet being able to break the KoOhKi's brainwashing and reforming the RyuKoOh/KoRyuOh.
An elderly man and one of the two Chinese Immortals, Taihou has long since attained enlightenment and has become uncaring with the happenings of the rest of the world. He was present during the Kijin Wars, and assisted Kanan in wrestling the TouTetsuOh and KyuKiOh back under control.
A tiger- and baboon-based "Evil-class" Choukijin of a higher rank than the "God-class", respectively, the KyuKiOh and TouTetsuOh are two mythical machines revived by Kanan and Taihou and put back into service for the Garden of Baral. The KyuKiOh excels in speed and has the greatest appetite of all the "Evil-class", while the TouTetsuOh can take more hits and is responsible for the death of Kukuru's parents back in ancient times.A long time ago they and their brothers (along with the "Sin-class" and all lesser Choukijin) broke off from the Garden of Baral and started the Kijin Wars, which gravely took its toll on Baral's sphere of influence in the world. It was in this war that the Four Calamities were renamed as the Four Evils, the Four Punishments became the Four Sins, and all classless Choukijin became the Youkijin.
Field Power Effect: KyuKiOh and TouTetsuOh can lower the Will of any pilot in their vicinity before their turn.
Good All Along: The "Evil-" and "Sin-class" Choukijin betrayed the Garden of Baral because they disapproved of their ways. Despite being murderous man-eaters, their decision was just, for the RyuOhKi and KoOhKi eventually left Baral as well and aligned with them.
Not So Different: "Evil-class" Choukijin don't require human pilots because they gain energy by feeding on them. Simiarly, only a Psychodriver can effectively use a "God-class" Choukijin; a normal human will wind up having their Life Force consumed by a "God-class".
The CEO of Gorainkel, a Zuvorg Alliance-based weapons corporation.
Beam Spam: The first part of the Uyudaro-class Suppression Battleship's strongest attack. He orders a fleet of Leige Geios to fire their Shoulder Cannons at their current foe. Also, the battleship has many varied-sized gunports and turrets attached over its exterior, and these are used during normal combat.
Bigger Bad: Keparoc supported Zezernan's invasion for his own purposes.
Canon Immigrant: Keparoc made his first appearance in an obscure manga, while the Uyudaro-class Suppression Battleship came from The Inspector.
Corrupt Corporate Executive: Despite Zezenan's death in the Sealing War, Keparoc wants conflict with the humans to continue and decides to take matters into his hands.
The sickly mother to Ryusei Date, Yukiko Date spends much of her time in the hospital. In order to cover the medical bills, Ryusei joins the military, who agrees to pay all the expenses incurred.
Psychic Powers: The first recorded Psychodriver and the most powerful. She has since lost her abilities after Ryusei was born.
Giado Venerdi (Voiced by Keiji Okuda)
A ex-second lieutenant of the Earth Federation Army, Giado (Giada, in the original Japanese version) originally served as a fighter pilot before moving to a Humongous Mecha. A music aficionado, he and his girlfriend Garnet found a young girl abandoned and left to die, taking her in and giving her a name. With the end of the L5 Campaign, Gaido retires from the corps and marries Garnet. As of Original Generation Gaiden, he is the father to twins.
Dreadlock Rasta: Due to Woolseyism, this is enforced upon localization, wherein Atlus' localization team turned him from an Italian dreadlocked black man into a Jamaican dreadlocked black man with an appropriate Jamaican accent.
An ex-second lieutenant of the Earth Federation Army, Garnet is Giado's girlfriend and a pilot. A former model, Garnet loves interferring in other people's relationships or attempt to get two people together, despite the often strict fraternization rules in the Earth Federation Army. Together with Giado, they raised a girl they found abandoned and helpless. Garnet leaves the miltiary following the L5 Campaign and is married to Giado. In Original Generation Gaiden, she has given birth to twins Alec and Sandy.
A former mechanical designer at Mao Industries, Marion left for the Tesla-Leicht Institute and became one of its most skilled developers. Thoroughly stubborn, she is one of the people responsible for the development of the Gespenst, and the lead engineer and mechanical designer for the ATX Team.
Insistent Terminology: Marion destests calling the Gespenst MK III and custom Gespenst MK II by its Alt Eisen and Weiss Ritter codenames, respectively, since both were supposed to be her bid for the next-generation machine to replace its aging predecessors, until the government decided on the mass-produced Huckebein MK II. Naturally, she's been bitter about the decision. Averted by Original Generation 2, since she's impressed enough by its pilots and their handling of the units.
Toilet Seat Divorce: She and her ex-husband Kirk Hamill broke up their marriage over technological basis for mecha. While Marion opposes the use of Extra-Over Technology, Kirk approves of it, despite him nearly getting killed years earlier during the "Vanishing Trooper Incident".
Head researcher and director of the Tesla-Leicht Institute, Jonathan is the single father of Irmgard Kazahara. Much like his son, he loves to flirt with women. Jonathan is the creator behind the Grungust series and helped Filio Presty design the flight-capable Tesla Drive.
Bumbling Dad: Kind of; he gave his son a rocket-powered tricycle as a birthday gift once. Try to guess what happened.
Director of Mao Industries located on the moon, Yuan is the father of Rio Mei Long.
Mitsuko Isurugi (Voiced by Yukiko Takaguchi)
Current president of Isurugi Industries, Mitsuko will promote anything from her company's assets with hopes to make the highest profit. Contrary to her gentle demeanor, she has a hidden agenda, providing support to the strongest side if need be.
War for Fun and Profit: It doesn't matter who she sells weapons to: so long as there's a profit involved (and maybe a few lives lost in the process), she's interested.
Wild Card: Somewhat; yes, it's implied she financed Graien and his faction's coup d'etat of the government in Original Generation 2 and continues to support him, but she frequently dodges his questions on who she's selling her company's tech to. In the Second Original Generation, it was she who contacted Shu regarding the impending Guest invasion and devises preventive measures for it. Despite providing the new Lion models for the Gaia Sabers, Mitsuko is still the leading sponsor behind Project TD, and eventually gives Sleigh Presty the lead to rejoin Ibis Douglas with the Steel Dragon Battle Group. Dark Prison revealed though that it took Shu putting pressure on her to achieve that though..
A former member of the Extra-Over Technological Institute, Professor Kisaburo is the grandfather to Kouta and Shouko. Through unknown means, he recovered the damaged Compatible Kaiser and partially restored it, using knowledge obtained from Bian's Dynamic General Guardian series. Although he bears the same surname to same-named professor back in The Great Battle, it's unlikely he's the same person to whom Warrior Roar allied with against the Dark Brain.
Japanese Delinquents: Implied in a dialogue during the Second Original Generation when he was younger.
The Walking Spoilers
Due to the nature of the following character(s), spoilers are unmarked to avoid redundancy.
The leader of the Gaia Sabers, who works as a sponsor behind the "Tsentr Project", Steinbeck was loosely mentioned in Original Generation Gaiden before appearing in the Second Original Generation. Usually seen aboard the Air Christmas, he orders his underling Amara to destroy the remaining Huckebeins and steal the Black Hole Engine and Tronium Engine. Following the orchestrated death of President Grusman, Steinbeck declares his absolute authority over the Earth's military, who must answer to the Gaia Sabers, with the Steel Dragon Battle Group being the only ones opposing him.Because of Steinbeck's true identity, the following tropes are exclusive to him:
Amnesiac Dissonance: While he is by no means a benevolent person, Steinbeck doesn't truly become the Bigger Bad until he regains his memories as Euzeth Gozzo.
Leitmotif: "Ultra One", which is another Mythology Gag, as Euzeth's first appearance in Super Hero Sakusen was him attempting to harness the powers of Ultraman.
Meaningful Name: Adamatron is derived from "Adam" and "Metatron". Keeping in line with the Theme Naming of the Ze Balmary Empire, Adam was the first man created by God and Metatron is Enoch, a descendent of Adam, who became an archangel.